September 30, 1992

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With public disenchantment with politicians on the rise and voter turnout on the decline, a number of organizations are seeking to engage a future generation of voters--today's elementary and secondary students--in the electoral process.
A populist notion that frequently goes unchallenged is that education requires "radical'' reform. We are now being warned that a stampede of reform is forming and unless we lead it we are likely to be trampled under by it. And, indeed, self-proclaimed experts (usually self-serving politicians) are vociferous with their "solutions.''
Mark Twain, that Connecticut Yankee, chose as the preface for his Life on the Mississippi an assertion drawn from Harper's Magazine (Feb., 1863) that " ... the basin of the Mississippi is the Body of the Nation ... As a dwelling-place for civilized man it is by far the first upon our globe.'' I found this to be reassuring when I left familiar haunts in Pennsylvania with the intention of testing my fortunes on the Mississippi gulf coast.
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